NHDOE COVID-19 Discussion
Thanks Valerie! Back at you. We did our first long term virtual day today. We do them in the winter but this felt different. Kids are buying in which is nice.
Are we anticipating bandwith issues as we all move to remote learning?
Will special Education timelines be relaxed?
Our teachers are spending Monday and Tuesday of this week preparing for remote instruction. Will you be waiving these 2 days to make this transition? Since the governor has closed schools does that mean all aspects close down? Meaning SAU and office personnel in each school?
We will be answering questions at the end of the discussion. Please feel free to post them here for the Commissioner to review at the end.
What about required timelines for IEP meetings, testing, etc....will we have any flexibility with these timeframes?
Learning Designed https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-of-educator-and-analytic-resources/bureau-of-educational-opportunities/public-school-approval-office/remote-instruction
At this time, we are working to support schools as they transition to remote instruction. With regards to standardized assessments, below is information to guide you on specific assessments. NH SAS and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) - The assessment window for these assessments extends until June 19, 2020 so we have time to adjust the scheduling of the assessment. We will not plan to open the assessment window until we know more about when schools in NH will be reopening.ACCESS for ESOL students - Please return all testing materials to DRC whether they are completed or not as soon as possible. DRC has shipping labels provided and UPS can pick up at your location free of charge. If you have any issues with arranging this, please contact Melissa White 603-271-3855 and we can support schools to return materials.
SAT (School Day) - At this time we are working with College Board and we will come up with a solution for either rescheduling the testing window or canceling the assessment. Please store any paper testing materials in a secure location for now. We also have guidance from the US. Dept. of Ed. that would allow us to apply for a waiver for assessment requirements if needed. Please contact HYPERLINK "mailto:Melissa.White@doe.nh.gov"Melissa.White@doe.nh.gov or 603-271-3855 with any questions.
Several of our service providers will not come in to the building to provide services —even on an individual basis — out of health risks.
Does the Department have specific guidance for the numerous special purpose schools around the state with student's attending from multiple districts?
Please feel free to connect with me for any ESEA Title Program questions: Ashley Frame, firstname.lastname@example.org 271-6579
Will the SAS schedule remain in place statewide? How soon will you communicate with us about scheduling adjustments if there are some?
How are we handling attendance for students this week since the remote learning does not start until next week
what guidance or suggestions can be offered for students who do not have devices or WiFi at home so they can access remote learning?
Are there recommendations for those schools who run preschools and cannot offer remote learning for that young age group? Can we still open to just our preschool families in non public schools?
will these planning days need to be made up at the end of the year
Will be having our normal April vacation.
thank you for the guidance
How are we progressing with SAT and AIR Assesments?
Will the Department be looking to relax requirements for regular Board meetings? Specifically, we would like to go to remote meetings for our School Boards . . . will we be able to do so?
will special education schools be impacted in billing for remote learning days
What are the expectations for teachers? Are they expected to go to school to teach from school, or teach remotely from home?
When will this conference call start?
I’m a nonpublic school K-3 and also offer preschool through Child Care Licensing. myself and families are confused-are we following the mandate to close until April 3rd or expand capacity for preschool?!
Could you seek state guidance on how districts should address hourly workers. The Governor's directive has in essence eliminated the need for them to come to work. Do we pay them?
Could you please inform us that the Remote instruction from the governors office mirrors the IDEA laws related to equity and assessment for diverse learners?
will special education schools be able to bill for non student planning days
You commented on Sunday that you received a waiver from USDA. Who can we feed under this waiver?
I believe that some of the answers we are being provided change once an individual in the school community is diagnosed with COVID-19. This is especially true if the individual identified has been in your building in the last week. We are in the midst of navigating those waters in our district. I may be able to help and I can certainly share our mistakes as we move forward.
Could you please inform us how the state will handle state testing schedule and assessments
To apply for USDA waivers for your district, contant Cheri White, email@example.com
Has guidance been issued to school districts about transporting students to private providers as some have sid they will not transport
The remote learning is different than analog which put some district in conflict with IDEA federal laws and policies. Please advise
Will the governor or your office provide any financial support as a result of the COVID 19 directly to the schools.
yes you did
What assurances can we provide to the community about waiving days missed due to school closures? In other words, will the school year end as currently planned.
Is this being Zoom meeting being recorded so we can go back to the chat and see information later?
Is there any guidance on how to conduct student assessment for each day of remote learning?
We are posting past conference calls at https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/commissioner/covid-19
Can the school leader who volunteered to share info about what has happened in Chester and navigating mistakes provide contact information or can the DOE publish that info for all?
What will be the criteria to determine a hypothetical return to school? As a boarding school with a small number of students remaining on campus, we are being asked by parents how we will determine when their students currently at home will be allowed to return.
Is there guidance regarding smaller groups (less than 10, less than 5) of students coming to school for ad hoc meetings, specific instruction, etc
you provide the link to where the Zoom meetings are posted?
Past Zoom meetings https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/commissioner/covid-19
For information on resources, assessment tools, and best practices with remote instruction, please reach out directly to Nathaniel.Greene@doe.nh.gov
Superintendent's may contact Darrell Lockwood through email or by phone. I would prefer to not open this up beyond that as I am already inundated with calls and email.
thank you so very much!
Would it be possible to schedule a conference meeting with just private providers
Thank you this was very helpful.
Special thanks to the NH DOE.
Thank you for providing guidence